man gets 20 years for Battery, Sexual Misconduct
Wanda English Burnett
Facing felony counts in Ripley County and Dearborn County, Ronald
Rose Jr., 25, of 12353 West State Rd 350, Moores Hill (Milan),
took a plea deal recently that will see him behind bars for the
next 10 years.
According to Ripley Publishing Company files, Rose was charged
with raping a mentally disabled female in June of 2010. He was
actually out on bond for aggravated battery (beating another female)
when the rape occurred.
Both times he bonded out for a total of $25,000. But, Rose also
faced another count in Dearborn County of Sexual Misconduct with
a male mentally challenged individual.
Prosecutors from both counties got together and Rose came out,
well, not smelling like a rose.
Ripley County Prosecutor Ric Hertel said Rose pled guilty to Sexual
Misconduct in Dearborn County and Aggravated Battery in Ripley
County. He was sentenced to 20 years in prison with 10 years suspended,
pending good behavior. The prosecutor isnt sure that Rose
can adhere to the good behavior aspect and says hell be
in prison for a long time.
The rape charged was dropped in the plea bargain process. Of course
authorities would have liked to have seen Rose get the full sentence
for all charges pending against him, but when a plea bargain is
struck, something has to give. The victim in this case would be
spared a grueling court appearance and Rose still will spend time
The aggravated battery charge nearly cost a woman her life when
Rose beat her so severely she was finally taken to the hospital.
According to the Probable Cause Affidavit, Rose slammed
her against a wall and punched her in the ribcage/stomach area.
The victim told how she began sweating, shaking, blacking out
and vomiting. She said it was hours later that Rose took her to
the hospital where doctors found her spleen had ruptured.
According to medical records from St. Luke Hospital, the victim
had lost about four liters of blood. Dr. Heidi Murley stated in
her opinion the splenic injury was due to physical trauma.
Rose told investigators that the victim fell up three to four
steps and then fell back down three to four steps due to her carrying
Christmas presents. The battery occurred at Christmas time 2010.
The victim told that Rose refused to take her to the hospital
in Indiana and instead went to St. Luke Medical Center in Kentucky.
The victim was terrified of Rose saying if he found out she had
told anything he would beat her worse than she has had before.
While Prosecutor Hertel would have liked for Rose to have more
time in prison, he is thankful for the time he was given, knowing
thats at least 10 years he wont be hurting anyone
in his county.
From his (Rose) pattern of abusive behavior, Prosecutor Hertel
noted he had concerns that the defendant will re-offend when he
is released from prison.